Cheesy Hot Salmon Dip

 Cheesy Hot Salmon Dip
I really identify salmon dip with the holidays. It just seems like the perfect thing to munch on while waiting for Thanksgiving dinner to be served. Since that's the case, I wanted to perfect my dip before the craze of the holidays hits. 

I am so lucky to have a freezer full of Pacific Northwest Coho and Chinook Salmon, all caught by my boys on the Columbia River in Astoria, Oregon. They have fished several times this summer and I am stocked for the winter! The fish is filleted and vacuum packed within hours of being caught. It is so fresh and we love having access to this type healthy food.

Ben 13 years old with Coho Salmon 9 13
This is my oldest son with his Coho Salmon catch from last weekend. Quite the fish! It's in my freezer now just waiting for the perfect occasion to throw it on the barbecue.

Anyway, we eat a lot of salmon and sometimes the cooked meat is shredded into one cup portions and frozen. This is perfect for salmon dip throughout the year. Also works great if you have leftover salmon from dinner.

Trust me, everyone will go nuts for this dip, it's kind of awesome!!

Cheesy Hot Salmon Dip the perfect snack

Cheesy Hot Salmon Dip perfect appetizer
Serve with a sliced baguette and it will be well-received.

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Hot Cheesy Salmon Dip

Recipe from: Created by Cathy Pollak for | Serves: Makes 3 cups


  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • 3 green onions, sliced thin
  • 2 cups (about 12 oz) flaked/shredded cooked salmon meat or smoked salmon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup finely shredded Parmesan cheese
  • sliced baguette


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • With a mixer, beat cream cheese and mayonnaise together until smooth, light and fluffy. Stir in lemon juice, pepper sauce and green onions; fold in salmon meat. Spread in a 1-1/2 quart baking dish and sprinkle with Parmesan.
  • Bake for 20 minutes until top is golden and bubbly. Serve with sliced baguette.

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19 Comments and 5 Replies

  1. That is a giant Salmon! Whoa! Way to go to your son!!

    Love this dip! It is perfect for football games!!

  2. Now that young man can FISH.
    Gorgeous fish — and delicious-looking dip. It just may show up at our Thanksgiving, too.

  3. Oh, Cathy…your cheesy dip looks SOOO GOOD! I really wish that I liked salmon. I try, but cannot do it. Other fish? No problem. But, my hubby would LOVE this! Also…love the vertical pic. So much better to pin with. Thanks for sharing, girl. Pinning!

  4. Oh wow — your little guy is quite the fisherman. That is SOME salmon!

    Your dip looks fantastic. I’m a big fan of anything melty and cheesy, so I know I would love this — especially with the kick of lemon and hint of hot sauce. Yum! Thanks for sharing!

  5. I was just saying the other day that I don’t make enough dips! This looks incredible!!!

  6. Maria in Oregon 6

    I like the look of this. Would it work with smoked peppered salmon and a little more Frank’s Red Hot buffalo sauce?

  7. Aggie 8

    I always feel a little envious of all my OR friends and their access to such amazing salmon! I love it!! This dip sounds absolutely amazing, I’ve had crab dip but never salmon dip! I think this has to be made very soon!!

  8. We eat a lot of salmon, too! I am so jealous of your freezer full of fresh caught Coho and Chinook ;) Pinning this to my Guilt-less Game Day recipes!

  9. A freezer full of fresh salmon?! Jealous girl over here… What an amazing catch and a delicious dip!

  10. What an amazing appetizer! Will have to try this ASAP!

  11. Kezz18 12

    What a terrific recipe but like Stacy I can’t eat salmon….so I subbed in some beautiful fresh South Australian tuna & it was a sensational dip. Instead of regular s&p I used lemon pepper, delicious & the bowl was literally licked clean.

  12. Oh My!!! I could eat salmon 5 days a week so I’m super EXITED to stumble across your recipe! :)

  13. Looks delicious! Would be great for tailgating!

  14. wow Cath–I had no idea you were back and to baking!
    I missed a lot on your food blog.
    I still thought you were in the grape fields picking away. (teasing).
    Glad to have you back? Should I say that?

  15. lindsay 17

    This is so yummy!! im making it for the second time as we speak!!

  16. Ken from Astoria 19

    This looks amazing and we have some smoked sturgeon Will let you know how it turns out!

  17. Penny 20

    I live way down South, so would it work with boring ol’ canned salmon?

  18. Lisa Davison 22

    Can I make this the night before and then bake the next day?

  19. Kara 24

    Just made this dip today–perfect for a snowy day watching football with the family! I normally prefer fresh, but used canned salmon I had on hand and it turned out delicious!! Great recipe!


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